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Creative Racks & Sampling in Live

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:10

    Let’s discuss sampling and how you can use it to create your own unique sound.

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    Tutorial 2

    Recording Audio

    7:58

    How to record audio into Ableton Live.

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    Tutorial 3

    Using MIDI to Sample Better

    4:22

    The sampling process can often be streamlined using MIDI to send notes to our hardware.

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    Tutorial 4

    Getting Creative

    3:26

    Let’s explore outside of the box thinking when it comes to sampling.

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    Tutorial 5

    Resampling

    3:24

    Ableton’s resampling function is a useful tool that allows us to capture all audio currently playing.

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    Tutorial 6

    Processing Samples

    7:58

    Now that we have some samples recorded let’s clean them up and add effects.

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    Tutorial 7

    When to Use Simpler

    4:58

    Simpler is a powerful sampling instrument that can make use of Live’s Warping Engine.

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    Tutorial 8

    Using Simpler

    9:56

    Let’s dive into the ins and outs of using Simpler.

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    Tutorial 9

    Tuning Samples in Simpler

    3:33

    When creating melodic instruments, it is important to make sure your samples are properly tuned.

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    Tutorial 10

    When to Use Sampler

    2:25

    Sampler is Live’s deepest sampling instrument with the ability to use multiple samples.

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    Tutorial 11

    Working with Multiple Samples

    7:31

    In this video I demonstrate how to incorporate more than one sample in our Sampler instrument.

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    Tutorial 12

    Tuning Samples in Sampler

    2:46

    How to properly tune our samples in Live’s flagship sampler.

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    Tutorial 13

    Key Zones

    3:25

    Sampler allows different samples to be played on different ranges of keys on your keyboard.

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    Tutorial 14

    Velocity Zones

    6:19

    Different samples can be triggered depending on the velocity of incoming notes.

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    Tutorial 15

    Sample Chain Selector

    5:45

    One of the strengths of Sampler is that we can set up different chains of samples that each playback different samples.

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    Tutorial 16

    Modulation in Sampler

    7:14

    Sampler has powerful modulation capabilities that can be used to drastically alter the sound of our instrument.

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    Tutorial 17

    When to Use Drum Racks

    2:59

    Drum Racks can be a powerful sampling tool that excels in certain situations.

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    Tutorial 18

    Dropping Samples Presets

    1:59

    We can adjust the way Drum Racks deal with samples when they are dropped onto a Drum Rack Cell.

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    Tutorial 19

    Getting Creative with Drum Racks

    3:47

    Learn to use Drum Racks for sounds that are not just drums.

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    Tutorial 20

    Layering Samples

    1:49

    More than one sample and up to 128 samples can be dropped on each Cell of a Drum Rack.

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    Tutorial 21

    Routing in Drum Racks

    5:18

    One of the strengths of Drum Racks are its deep and flexible routing system.

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    Tutorial 22

    Adding Audio & MIDI Effects

    3:29

    Let’s examine our options for creating Audio and MIDI FX.

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    Tutorial 23

    Audio Effect Racks

    4:58

    We explore the capabilities of Audio Effect Racks.

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    Tutorial 24

    MIDI Effect Racks

    6:32

    In this video we cover our options with MIDI Effect Racks.

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    Tutorial 25

    Instrument Racks

    3:39

    The capabilities of Instrument Racks are described.

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    Tutorial 26

    Layering Synths with Chains

    5:46

    Instrument Racks allow us to stack up to 128 different instruments together.

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    Tutorial 27

    Creating a Drum Selector

    5:16

    Let’s explore how we can create a Macro Knob to cycle through up to 128 drum samples on a single Drum Rack Cell.

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    Tutorial 28

    Creating a Synth Selector

    2:52

    This video demonstrates how we can use a Macro Knob to choose between up to 128 different instruments.

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    Tutorial 29

    Experimenting with Sampler

    8:29

    Sampler can be used in some very experimental ways to create sounds entirely different from our original samples.

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    Tutorial 30

    Simpler’s Slicing Mode

    6:49

    This video explores exciting ways we can use Simpler’s Slicing Mode to create evolving sounds and textures.

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    Tutorial 31

    Saving & Organizing Presets

    5:47

    ow that we have created our own instruments, let’s cover the ways to organize them.

In this video tutorial series, Ableton Live sage Brian Funk, akaAfroDJMac, shares his secrets for building truly unique sampler instruments and racks. You’ll see not just how to sample, but how each component in a rack builds upon on the others to create way cool instruments and sounds.

AfroDJMac starts with an explanation of sampling and how to record audio in Ableton Live, and then demonstrates how you can streamline the sampling process by sending MIDI notes to your hardware to trigger them automatically. That leads to a discussion on how to think outside of the box when sampling.

Next, AfroDJMac dives into Live’s resampling function, and how you can use it to capture audio during playback. Once the samples are recorded, the next step is to process those samples by cleaning them up and adding effects. AfroDJMac also describes when you might want to use Simpler, the more basic sampler in Ableton Live.

Moving on, you’ll explore when to use Sampler, Ableton Live’s deep and powerful sampler, and how to work with multiple samples within it. Sampler Tuning, Key Zones, Velocity Zones, the Sample Chain selector, and modulation are then all explained and explored, showing you how to make samples that are unique and stand out.

AfroDJMac now turns to the Drum Rack, revealing how it can be used for non-drum sounds, and how to layer non-drum samples in the Cells of a Drum Rack. Routing in Drum Racks is also demonstrated for even more creative control and options.

Then it’s time to delve into the other kinds of Racks in Ableton Live, such as Audio Effects Racks, MIDI Effects Racks, and Instrument Racks, and how each enables further sound design and exploration.

AfroDJMac now talks about the experimental options available, such as how you can stack up to 128 different instruments together, and create Macro knobs to cycle through drum cells or choose between instruments.

Crazy sound design options with Sampler and Simpler’s Slicing mode wrap it up, followed by how to organize your presets for easy management.

If you’re new to Ableton Live and sampling, or an experienced user who wants to get more deep into sound creation, don’t miss “Creative Racks and Sampling in Live”!

IAN100
Submitted 2 months ago

Great Tutorials

Very good videos and straight to the point!

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, FL Studio

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Submitted 3 months ago

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THIS VIDEO SET WAS GREAT ALTHOUGH THE SUNGLASSES IN A DARK ROOM, WERE KIND O F SILLY . HE IS A GREAT TEACHER AND HE SEEMED TO COVER EVERYTHING . THANKS BBOBBYB P.S. (GREAT WEB SITE, PLANED ON ONE MONTH WHEN I BOUGHT, STILL HERE 5 OR 6 MONTHS LATER . LOTS OF INFO) THANKS

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tamer
Submitted 6 months ago

great one

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serzan82
Submitted 9 months ago

Very helpfull

The best way to learn use ableton and simpler simply. The course is very clear and satifying. I reccomended

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Tdub1073
Submitted 10 months ago

Was about to give up on Ableton till I watched these videos!

Coming from the Pro Tools camp(using pt since 2003), I thought it was time to check out another DAW. I felt Ableton Live was the right choice mainly since it's more of a tool for songwriting then other DAWS. Since Pro Tools was very easy for me to learn, I naturally assumed Live would be just as easy. Boy was I mistaken. Live is a completely different animal. I messed around with it for a few days and felt I was going nowhere. I seriously felt like I wasted 3 days of my life- days I'll never get back tinckin I was just about to hang the hat up when I saw a post from someone who was struggling with the learning curve with Ableton Live and the following comment had a link to Groove3 and he/she mentioned how the videos really helped them. So I clicked on the link and the rest is history. That said, I must say that Brian Funk's video's are top notch. He's a fantastic teacher. A great communicator and overall has a great vibe. Out of all the videos on Ableton Live, I've learned more from Brian's videos. He covers all the fundamentals. However, don't take my word for it, check em out and see for yourself! Nice job Brian. Thank you for not letting me end in defeat!

I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason

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waynevdk
Submitted 10 months ago

Loved it!

I really enjoyed the way the presenter delivered this course and shared his passion for sampling and being creative. I learnt loads from this and will watch it again and again. Thanks!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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Fabio Sirna
Submitted 1 year ago

Precious

I think this is one of my favourite Ableton Live course. It's well explained, and it's packed with advanced info, tips and tricks. Really reccommended!!

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician, Sound Designer

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19808KP
Submitted 1 year ago

GROOVE 3

you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock

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InstantDj
Submitted 1 year ago

Great course!

This course came under my attention because I once purchased a sample pack by Brian. I just needed some indepth training material to get further with Ableton and thought let's give it a try. I am very happy I did so the course learned me a lot, just what I was looking for. Brian is a great teacher, everything is explained in a clear built up manner. Thanks and I am looking forward to other course by you.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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Timzone
Submitted 1 year ago

Bang for the buck

This is the best consolidation of Ableton core skills I've ever seen. I've seen or read about a chuck of this content, but never gathered together and presented so well. I now have years of methods to experiment within Ableton now!!!

I am a: Semi-Pro

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Creative Racks & Sampling in Live is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorials Very good videos and straight to the point!
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great one greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpfull The best way to learn use ableton and simpler simply. The course is very clear and satifying. I reccomended
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed the way the presenter delivered this course and shared his passion for sampling and being creative. I learnt loads from this and will watch it again and again. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Precious I think this is one of my favourite Ableton Live course. It's well explained, and it's packed with advanced info, tips and tricks. Really reccommended!!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GROOVE 3 you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! This course came under my attention because I once purchased a sample pack by Brian. I just needed some indepth training material to get further with Ableton and thought let's give it a try. I am very happy I did so the course learned me a lot, just what I was looking for. Brian is a great teacher, everything is explained in a clear built up manner. Thanks and I am looking forward to other course by you.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Bang for the buck This is the best consolidation of Ableton core skills I've ever seen. I've seen or read about a chuck of this content, but never gathered together and presented so well. I now have years of methods to experiment within Ableton now!!!
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Instructional Course I must say that in addition to an online course in Ableton that I am taking, and the Ableton Live Manual and another book on Ableton, this one tool helps me to understand so much more about Ableton and the creative possibilities that exist and I want to thank the creator of this video series for his ability to communicate in a clear and concise way.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Superb Tutorials on racks and sampling AfroDJMac is one of the greatest guys in the industry and Ableton user, I must thank Groove3 to add this great video series of tutorials, all the ideas and how they are explained are great and useful. Would love to have some additional material like empty Live projects or some of those racks as additional content to download but I think with time and watching the videos I can recreate them. Please ask him to make more videos like these for all of us Groove3 Ableton users, the ideas are super useful.
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Was about to give up on Ableton till I watched these videos! Coming from the Pro Tools camp(using pt since 2003), I thought it was time to check out another DAW. I felt Ableton Live was the right choice mainly since it's more of a tool for songwriting then other DAWS. Since Pro Tools was very easy for me to learn, I naturally assumed Live would be just as easy. Boy was I mistaken. Live is a completely different animal. I messed around with it for a few days and felt I was going nowhere. I seriously felt like I wasted 3 days of my life- days I'll never get back tinckin I was just about to hang the hat up when I saw a post from someone who was struggling with the learning curve with Ableton Live and the following comment had a link to Groove3 and he/she mentioned how the videos really helped them. So I clicked on the link and the rest is history. That said, I must say that Brian Funk's video's are top notch. He's a fantastic teacher. A great communicator and overall has a great vibe. Out of all the videos on Ableton Live, I've learned more from Brian's videos. He covers all the fundamentals. However, don't take my word for it, check em out and see for yourself! Nice job Brian. Thank you for not letting me end in defeat!
Date published: 1969-12-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from WATCH THIS SET I use to review videos all the time before I found out groove 3 goes through and cherry picks the reviews it wants to show ; THAT'S WHEN I STOPPED. put the reviews on a review page by author or something would be the right way of doing the reviews (use something easy 4 you that includes all reviews for those who take the time to fill out your reviews, they are there to help you and your costumers,not the one filling them out )
THIS VIDEO SET WAS GREAT ALTHOUGH THE SUNGLASSES IN A DARK ROOM, WERE KIND O F SILLY . HE IS A GREAT TEACHER AND HE SEEMED TO COVER EVERYTHING . THANKS BBOBBYB P.S. (GREAT WEB SITE, PLANED ON ONE MONTH WHEN I BOUGHT, STILL HERE 5 OR 6 MONTHS LATER . LOTS OF INFO) THANKS
Date published: 1969-12-31